|A Spotted Eagle Ray swims through the warm and clear waters off Maui.|
This was the first time I had ever seen a Spotted Eagle Ray, and I had no idea rays could be so big. Considering I was on the fifth floor of a hotel perched on a cliff 30 or 40 feet above the water, you can start to get an idea of how big he was. After doing a bit of research, I learned a Spotted Eagle Ray's "wingspan" can reach up to nine feet. The length from his nose to the end of his pelvic fins can span eight feet, and he can weigh up to 500 pounds. The tail floating behind him in the water can easily be 28 feet long...
|Spotted Eagle Rays are not small fish. They can weigh up to 500 pounds and have a nine-foot "wingspan."|
|A Spotted Eagle Ray's tail can be up to 28 feet long.|
|...it didn't take this fellow long to "fly" out of view. It's easy to see why he has the common name of Spotted Eagle Ray.|
Click here to see a video showcasing the graceful "flight" of the beautiful ray under water.
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